John Lord, Founder of the Centre for Community Based Research, discusses Canada’s existing policy and practice framework for individualized funding for people with disabilities and highlights pockets of excellence that show promise for the future.
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John Lord describes Independent Facilitation as part of the Citizenship Conference in Vancouver in October, 2015
John Lord, Peggy Hutchison, and Brian Salisbury have a chapter in a New British book called Direct Payments.
Independent Facilitation and what really matters in a New Story
Independent facilitation frees facilitators to be dedicated to citizens who experience vulnerability because of labels, disability, chronic illness, poverty, or aging. Facilitators are independent of biases from others such as service systems and funding bodies.
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Independent facilitation puts belief and hope in community because that is where relationships and safeguards play out for all of us.
Independent facilitation builds resilience and capacity in individuals, families, and communities.
Independent facilitation flourishes when it is embedded in community, in facilitator networks, and is supported by local action and government policy.
This book is for people like us, people who want to make a difference, who want to feel free to be dedicated to a person; to citizens who experience vulnerability. People who want to use an effective process that is a change maker. Independent facilitation is an emerging craft. Facilitators in the New Story believe that community is always the answer. We reject approaches that do not lead people to relationships in their community. And while independent facilitation may touch the service system to access supports for a person, it is independent of agendas, expectations, and accountabilities of service systems.
John, Barbara & Charlotte
This is a story of resilience and possibilities, as people with disabilities take charge of their own lives and work with others to create positive change in their community. This book highlights 25 years of the Independent Living movement in Canada. It shows how the move to citizenship and consumer direction has had an enormous impact on the lives of Canadians with disabilities.
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This presentation was made to the Independent Planning and Facilitation Symposium, Guelph, Dec. 2, 2008
This article appeared in the Journal on Developmental Disabilities Communicator, Volume 14, No.2, 2008